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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events... show more
In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction: eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. It is the summer of 1950—and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia’s family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”To Flavia the investigation is the stuff of science: full of possibilities, contradictions, and connections. Soon her father, a man raising his three daughters alone, is seized, accused of murder. And in a police cell, during a violent thunderstorm, Colonel de Luce tells his daughter an astounding story—of a schoolboy friendship turned ugly, of a priceless object that vanished in a bizarre and brazen act of thievery, of a Latin teacher who flung himself to his death from the school’s tower thirty years before. Now Flavia is armed with more than enough knowledge to tie two distant deaths together, to examine new suspects, and begin a search that will lead her all the way to the King of England himself. Of this much the girl is sure: her father is innocent of murder—but protecting her and her sisters from something even worse….An enthralling mystery, a piercing depiction of class and society, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a masterfully told tale of deceptions—and a rich literary delight.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385342308 (0385342306)
ASIN: 0385342306
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Audio Book Junkie
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4.0 "The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie" by Alan Bradley
I came across "The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie" when I was looking for new Canadian authors to read. Alan Bradley gets great press, so I bought this book even though I was concerned that I might be getting an extended one line joke in which an aristocratic, 1950's stiff-upper-lip Brit attit...
The Bent Bookworm
The Bent Bookworm rated it
5.0 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
This book was an immensely enjoyable read. It's well written, witty, and overall well researched and put together. The characters are believable and fleshed out. Believable? With an 11-year-old chemist for a protagonist? Yes. Yes, indeed. I was surprised, because I when I read the premise I thought ...
Life in the Short Stacks
Life in the Short Stacks rated it
2.0 Breaking up (with books) is hard to do
That's right. My särbo (Ahh, Swedish. "Living apart together." Couldn't have put it better myself.) John & I did not finish this book. We gave it a shot, but in the end, we had to say our goodbyes. I'm fairly certain this is the first book I have ever not finished. I've set things down for...
Danielle's Reading Adventures
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4.0 The Formula for Murder
I finished this about a week and a half ago, but this is my first opportunity to write a review. I have steadily become very enamored with mysteries over the past few years, and I love when the sleuth is atypical. In this case, it's a ten-year-old girl with an obsession for chemistry, poisons in par...
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4.0 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
When young Flavia de Luce, aspiring chemist, finds a body in the cucumber patch outside her father's house, she finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and murder...I'm not really sure how my love of detective fiction led me to this tale of an eleven year old girl in 1950s England solving a myste...
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